Tri County Report For February 7th, 2017

Police in Hermitage were called to the scene of a homicide yesterday morning. Police were called to a home in the 1600 block of Fairlawn Drive and found a woman who was shot and killed by her boyfriend. 18-year-old Olivia Gonzalez had been shot multiple times at the couple’s home. 21-year-old Dustin Nichols called 911 around 11:30 a.m. Monday and admitted to murdering Gonzalez. He surrenderd himself to officers when they arrived. Police said Nichols will be charged with first and third-degree murder. The investigation is continuing.

Firefighters in Slippery Rock Township were called to a house fire Sunday night. According to the New Castle News the fire started and was contained in a chimney to the home of Mike Reperto on Eckert Ridge Road around 9:30.  Firemen from Shenango and Scott Township assisted Slippery Rock.  No injuries were reported and no damage estimate was givn.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro is taking legal action against President Trump.  Shapiro is part of a group of 15 other attorneys general fighting Trump’s executive order on immigration.  Shapiro said yesterday that the order makes the country less safe and tramples on people’s rights.

The Borough of Conway is removing its restricted residential handicapped parking spaces.  Council voted on the move in December and will be taking away the spaces in April.  Members recently released a statement saying, “The borough eliminated the restricted residential handicapped parking space program after determining that there was insufficient space to accommodate the significant and growing demand”  The borough is not required by law to provide residential handicapped parking.

A local lawmaker is introducing a plan to fight the state’s opioid crisis.  Republican Tedd Nesbit, who represents part of Butler County, explained his bill yesterday at the State Capitol.  The legislation would more tightly control how opioids are prescribed.

Legislation that would restrict abortions in Pennsylvania is advancing.  The Senate Judiciary Committee sent the measure to the full Senate yesterday.  The bill would ban elective abortions after 20 weeks instead of the current 24.  Governor Tom Wolf called the ban unconstitutional and says he will veto it.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is going to present his state budget today.  Wolf has promised to increase school funding, shrink state government and eliminate waste.  He also wants to invest in stopping the opioid crisis in the state.

A new bill is being debated in the Tourism and Recreation committee.  House Bill 73 would have all Pennsylvania schools start the academic year after Labor Day.  Many districts currently begin mid-August and some don’t want to be told when they have to start.  Some also say a later start date means less time to prepare for standardized tests.

An Ellwood City man has been charged with DUI following an accident last month.  The Ellwood City Ledger reports 40 year old Jason Smith was involved in an accident that took place in the parking lot of Hazel Manor on North Street.  Smith  was not at fault in the accident, which took place just before 3 a.m.on Jan. 21st, but police said he failed field sobriety tests and additional testing indicated that Smith’s blood-alcohol level was 0.136.

Senator Pat Toomey believes Judge Neil Gorsuch will become a member of the U.S. Supreme Court.  Last week, President Trump nominated Judge Gorsuch to fill the vacant seat.  Senator Toomey says his is “very confident” the Senate will confirm Judge Gorsuch.  In order for Gorsuch to become a member of the Supreme Court, 60-senators would have to vote in favor of him taking the seat.